Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
Event #15 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $3,000 buy-in six-handed no-limit hold’em tournament, attracted 810 players – three more than last year – and created a prize pool of $2,211,300. That will be distributed to the top 90 finishers with a hefty $508,640 going to the eventual winner.
The man best positioned to make a run at top prize and gold bracelet is Brandon Cantu, who emerged as the chip leader of the advancing 144 players with a stack of 244,700. Others still in contention are Barry Hutter (201,100), Andreas Hoivold (195,200), Nick Guagenti (178,100), and Davidi Kitai (141,900).
Cantu captured the chip lead in the penultimate hand of the night, which turned out to be “one of the greatest” hands he’s ever played. He told PokerNews all about it after conclusion of play.
Of course not everyone was so lucky. Chris Molica was the first player to fall, and it happened on the first hand of the day when a preflop raising war resulted in him getting his 9,000 starting stack in holding against Justin Gavri’s . The board ran out clean and Molica spent more time walking to the exit than he did in the tournament.
While Molica was the first to go, he certainly wasn’t the last. Among the hundreds to fall on Day 1 were Matt Kirby, who ran queens into the kings of Paul Newey; former November Niner Jason Senti, who was playing his first event of the summer; and 2013 WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess, who actually fell in the same hand as 2006 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Madsen.
It happened in Level 3 (75/150) when Riess opened the action with a raise to 350. Madsen called from the button, Bryn Kenney came along from the big blind, and three players saw a flop of rainbow. Kenney checked, Riess bet 750, and Madsen made the call. Kenney then woke up with a check-raise to 2,100, Reiss three-bet to 4,000, and Madsen moved in for 5,500 total. Kenney then moved all in over the top and Riess called off his remaining chips.
Kenney was in the lead with a flopped two pair, and it held as a blanked on the turn followed by a on the river.
Others who fell throughout the course of play were Jake Cody, TJ Cloutier, Brock Parker, Erick Lindgren, Antonio Esfandiari, Scott Clements, Scott Seiver, Jeremy Ausmus, Doug “WCGRider” Polk, David “Devilfish” Ulliott, Liv Boeree, and Phil Ivey.
Ivey late registered Event #15 after busting another tournament, and his stay was short. In Level 7 (200/400.50), he got his last ten big blinds in the middle from the small blind and his opponent in the big blind quickly made the call with . Ivey needed to find some help for his , but the board ran out and Ivey's tournament and massage came to an abrupt halt.
While dozens of notables fell, many were able to navigate the tough field. Among those who punched their ticket to Day 2 were Michael Mizrachi (100,700), Will Failla (73,000), Phil Hellmuth (59,400), Todd Terry (52,000), Andrew Lichtenberger (40,300), Paul Volpe (24,800), and Jonathan Duhamel (22,200).
Day 2 will get underway at 2 p.m. on Friday as the returning players look to play through the money bubble on their way to the final table, or at least as close as they can get in ten more one-hour levels of play. The PokerNews Live Reporting will be bringing you all the action, so be sure to join us then.
The tournament staff has just announced the remaining players will play three more hands at each table before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed out to compile some chip counts, so stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the Day 1 action.
With 5,500 in the pot and a flop of , Phil Hellmuth checked and his sole opponent did the same.
"I don't have the guts to bluff you," Hellmuth's opponent admitted.
After the dealer burned and turned the , Hellmuth led out for 2,500 and his opponent folded.
"It's good to have the nuts at the end of the night," Hellmuth said with a smile.
"I prefer vodka," his opponent deadpanned, which brought a chuckle from the "Poker Brat."
After two players limped, a short-stacked Sorel Mizzi moved all in from the button for his last 7,500. The player in the small blind folded, and then the one in the big moved all in over the top for 17,000 or so. The two limpers folded and the cards were turned up.
Mizzi was in good shape to double, but an ace in the window put things in doubt. Fortunately it was followed by a third nine for Mizzi when the flop came out . The turn locked up the hand for Mizzi, and after the was put out on the river, he was shipped the pot.
The players are now on a 20-minute break while the tournament staff races off the green T25 chips. When they return they'll play one more level before bagging and tagging for the night.
Paul Volpe is running well today. Just a few hours ago (literally) he won a WSOP gold bracelet by defeating Daniel Negreanu in heads-up play in Event #13: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship, and then he jumped straight into this tournament where he is still hanging on.
In a recent hand, Volpe got his stack of 10,275 all in preflop and was in bad shape against hist opponent.
Like we said, Volpe is running good today and that was evidenced when the flop came down to give him the lead with a pair of queens. The turn kept him firmly in the lead, and the river gave him the pot.